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government, policy & law

Factors That Contribute to the Use of Student Loans at Millersville University

By Brody Glick and Taiyana Goldsborough


Brody Glick is a Government, Policy, and Law major in his senior year at Millersville University. He is double minoring in International Studies as well as Cultural Anthropology. The project he is working on with his partner Taiyana was for a GOVT401 Research Methods class taught by Dr. Adam Lawrence. Brody wanted to create this project with Taiyana to discover what causes students at Millersville to take out student loans to complete their Bachelor's degree at the university.  Brody wanted to present this project due to the surprising findings he and Taiyana came across during their studies. What was most interesting to Brody was seeing how different the results of his work were in comparison to what he thought the results would be. Brody does not have any immediate plans for the future at the moment, however, he wants to begin learning how to become a pilot by starting flight lessons soon in his free time in the hopes of earning a private license to fly.  Some aspects of the project, such as using SPSS, and learning how to curate a well-formatted and high-quality survey for his respondents, are key to Brody's desired career path in the future, which could involve the use of numbers and data and how to apply them correctly to yield high-quality results.


Taiyana Goldsborough is a Government, Policy, and Law major with a minor in Strategic Public Relations. She is a senior at Millersville University and created this project with her classmate Brody Glick. Their project focuses on the factors that dictate whether Millersville students need loans to cover their education expenses. Outside of academics, Taiyana is a captain of the university’s women's lacrosse team. As a first-generation college student, Taiyana understands the financial hardship higher education may bring. This experience became a driving force for the project which her partner Brody fully supported. They hope that these findings shed a light on understanding how students afford higher education expenses.

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